Urban Studies & Planning, BA

For the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Urban Studies & Planning

department website: https://urban.illinois.edu

department faculty: https://urban.illinois.edu/people/meet-our-faculty/

college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: https://faa.illinois.edu/

Students pursuing this major select one of four concentrations:

Global Cities
Policy & Planning
Social Justice

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning. The aim of urban planning is to sustain and enhance the quality of life in cities and regions. Therefore, in addition to technical skills, students also acquire a broad liberal education that leads to an understanding of the natural and social environments, their problems, and their potential for enriching human life. The urban planning degree emphasizes skills in analysis, problem solving, and communication within complex urban and social contexts.  As a result, undergraduate planning education leads to diverse professional careers or graduate study in urban planning or related professions, such as law, business, public policy or public administration. Continuation in the program requires the student to maintain a 2.00 grade point average. The degree is professionally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

A transfer student must have completed 30 or more semester hours of acceptable undergraduate college work (including introductory courses in microeconomics, statistics, and sociology; a sequence in English composition is desirable) with an earned grade point average of at least 2.75 (A = 4.0). Transfer applicants not meeting these requirements will be considered in special cases.

For the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Urban Studies & Planning

Summary of Requirements

1st Year
Introduction to City Planning
Planning in Action
4 Foundation Courses
2nd Year
Cities: Planning & Urban Life
Chicago: Planning & Urban Life
Concentration Gateway Course
3rd Year
Communication for Planners
Urban Informatics II
Concentration Electives
Capstone Preparation
4th Year
Concentration Workshop ( UP 447, UP 455, UP 456, UP 457, or UP 478)
Capstone Experience (UP 390 or UP 397)
Undergraduate Capstone Seminar
Plus 15 hours of UP electives, GE not met by UP foundation & core, and open electives.